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St.Albans

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One Book, One New York: Cast Your Vote!

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The NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and New York Magazine have announced the return of One Book, One New York, the exciting city-wide initiative that brings book-loving New Yorkers together to read the same book at the same ...

Celebrate Earth Day at Queens Library!

April 22 is Earth Day, and we're marking the occasion with arts & crafts, celebrations, science workshops, and more.

Plus, you can watch several Earth Day-themed movies on Kanopy, our on-demand video streaming service, all for free with your library card.

Join us for our special programs before ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month At The Library

April is National Poetry Month and we’ve got something planned for the poet in everyone.

We’ve gathered our list of recommendations from our collections, including books by poets and films about poets.

We also invite you to come to our poetry open mics and poetry slams, join in poetry writing events at your ...

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Young Adult Literacy Program: Pre-Register Now!

Are you interested in getting your High School Equivalency, but not sure where to start?

The Young Adult Literacy Program (YALP) is here to help!

This program is open to students ages 16–24, and offers four days of classes per week, as well as one day of service learning and job shadowing to help build your ...

Apr
26
1:00PM

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8:00PM

Read and share a poem on the Poet-tree

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Read & share a poem on the poet tree. The poet tree allows library customers to celebrate poetry by writing and sharing it. Library customers are encourage to write original poems or copy them from the library's poetry collection and hang on the poet tree using a colored index card, which is provided. Customers can add to the poet tree or read the poems that others have shared.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Apr
28
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us for a relaxing time of adult coloring.


Apr
28
2:00PM

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4:00PM

Saturday Movies @ St. Albans

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join us as we view "The Justice League" (2017). The Justice League forms to defend humanity from an otherworldly threat called Steppenwolf.


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May
17
2:00PM

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3:30PM

Friends of St. Albans: Be A Friend!

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Join the St. Albans Friends. What does a Friends chapter do? Create public support for the Library.
Sponsor programs designed to enhance the cultural life of the community. Work with library staff on legislative advocacy. Provide direct financial assistance by working with library staff to purchase special items not included in the library budget.


May
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Adult Coloring

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Joins us for a relaxing morning of stress-free coloring.


May
19
10:30AM

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11:30AM

Adult Craft Hour: Design your own Glass Plate

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Turn a clear glass plate into a beautiful serving plate. Make it for yourself or give it as a gift for Mother's Day, birthday or any special occasion. Pre-registration is required to attend! Supplies are limited!


Jun
21
6:15PM

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7:15PM

Soulful Jazz

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

Enjoy a fusion of jazz and soul with the smooth velvety vocals and saxophone stylings of Maverick Gaither who puts a jazz spin on songs like "I’ll Be Around" (The Spinners), "Let’s Stay Together" (Al Green), and "Glow Of Love" (Luther Vandross) and puts a soulful twist on tunes from jazz greats John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington, Jr. and Louis Armstrong.


Jul
21
11:00AM

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1:00PM

Quilting Workshop for Adults: Beginners' Level

Location: St.Albans
Registration: Not required

In this six-session workshop, Geraldine Hazel teaches beginning quilters basic sewing and quilting techniques by having them work on different projects as they develop new skills. Materials will be available for the first 18 participants.

Additional Program Dates/Locations
This is a recurring program. If registration is required, you must register individually.

Additional Dates


Free computer access is available at all the libraries.

The St. Albans Community Library has:

Queens Library Public Internet Use Policy.

  • 11 public computers
  • Free Internet Access
  • Microsoft Office Software
  • Limited free printing.Please contact the library for more details.

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International Language Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • French
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish

 

Special Interest/Noteworthy Collections at the St. Albans Community Library include:

  • African American fiction and non-fiction
  • Caribbean fiction and non-fiction

 


Child Care / Preschools
Community Board
Community Organizations & Services
Fire Department
Local Hospitals
Local Newspapers
Parks and Playgrounds
Police Department
Post Office
Private / Parochial Schools
Public Elementary Schools
Elected Officials
History
Special Services

Child Care / Preschools
Jamaica NAACP Linden Day Care
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0400
Montessori Progressive Learning Center, Inc.
195-05 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3967
Quick Start
118-46 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0800
fax: (718) 527-7930
True Deliverance Christian Pre-School
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
  

Community Board
Queens Community Board 12
90-28 161st Street,
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718)658-3308
fax: (718)739-6997
  

Community Organizations & Services
NAACP-Jamaica Branch
189-26 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 723-3653
Parent Leadership Institute, Alumni Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 120310
St. Albans NY , 11412-0310
phone: (718) 276-4263
fax: (718) 723-4993
St. Albans Civic Improvement Association
P.O. Box 120561
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (646) 373-6087
fax:

Fire Department
Engine 317 Ladder 165 Battalion 54
117-11 196th Street
St. Albans NY , 11412
  

Local Hospitals
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica NY , 11432
phone: (718) 883-3000
  

Local Newspapers
Queens Chronicle - East Queens Edition
Press of Southeast Queens

Parks and Playgrounds
St. Albans Memorial Park
Merrick Boulevard, 173 Place, Sayers Avenue
Roy Wilkins -- Southen Queens Park
Baisley & Merrick Boulevards, 115Avenue
Locust Manor Playground (PS 15)
192 Street, S/S 121 Avenue
Nautilus Playground
Merrick & Baisley Boulevards, 120 Avenue
  

Police Department
113th Precinct
167-02 Baisley Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11434
phone: (718) 712-7733
  

Post Office
Archie Spigner Post Office
195-04 Linden Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (800) 275-8777 (718) 528-5026
  

Private / Parochial Schools
Allen Christian School (K-8)
171-10 Linden Boulevard
Jamaica NY , 11434
phone: (718) 657-1676
fax: (718) 291-7751
True Deliverance Christian School (K-5)
188-15 Turin Drive
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 978-0601
 

Public Elementary Schools
P.S. 15 Jackie Robinson School (K-5)
121-15 Lucas Street
Springfield Gardens NY , 11413
phone: (718) 525-1670
fax: (718) 723-7613
P.S. 36 The St. Albans School (K-5)
187-01 Foch Boulevard
St. Albans NY , 11412
phone: (718) 528-1862
fax: (718) 723-6928
Riverton Street Charter School (K-3)
118-34 Riverton Street
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (866) 642-3676
PS 118 Lorraine Hansberry School
190-20 109 Road
St. Albans NY, 11412
phone: (718) 465-5538
  

Elected Officials

History

The colonial history of St. Albans is rather vague in as much as it wasn’t until about 1899 that it received its present name. A committee of residents selected the name St. Albans for the railroad station after the English village of the same name in Hertfordshire, England. It is known that it was an early farming community owned by the families of Nicolas Everitt, Benjamin Carpenter, and Everett Remsen.

The St. Albans Golf Club opened in 1919 along Merrick, Linden, and Baisley Boulevards. Addisleigh Park, a beautiful residential section was developed overlooking the golf course in 1926.

The post-war boom period, which followed 1920, unprecedented expansion in real estate was responsible for bringing in most of the residents who poured into the area. The creation of the government financing agency for home building in the 1930’s caused another spurt in real estate activity. The sale of the 100-acre St. Albans Golf Club to a building organization in the 1930s for a housing development did not materialize. The U.S. government acquired the property and the Department of Defense built the St. Albans Naval Hospital. The buildings and grounds are an architectural asset to the community. When the hospital closed in 1974, the Veterans Administration converted the facility into an extended care center. Fifty-three acres were given to the City of New York in 1977 which developed the Roy Wilkins Park.

During the 1940s, the population became more ethnically diverse as Lena Horne, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Roy Campanella, and other prominent African-Americans moved into Addisleigh Park. By the early 1970s, St. Albans was considered an African American community; during the 1980s, immigrants from the Caribbean, Africa, and the United Kingdom settled in the community.

Seyfried, Vincent, “St. Albans” The Encyclopedia of New York City, Yale University Press, 1995:1032-1033.

The Library in St. Albans has a unique history. Then, as now, community involvement has factored into the design and delivery of library services to the residents of St. Albans. On July 16th, 1918, the St. Albans Library was established as a small library called a village collection utilizing the services of volunteers. The Ladies Society and Red Cross workers spearheaded the project. The lending collection was housed in a small room in the Ladies Social Club building on Baisley Boulevard near Farmers Boulevard. Books were given out each week on Wednesdays.

The Library was taken over by Queens Borough Public Library in 1920 and also became a station collection the same year. The club house building was sold and the volunteer librarian relocated. The Library faced closure. The Mother’s Club of P.S. 36 came to the rescue. A small bunkhouse which looked like a “lunch wagon” was purchased and made into an attractive library. It was a small building on wheels. The use of a lot on a street very near the railroad station was donated by the owner. The building opened in January 1922. The wagon was used at this site for several years, until development in the area necessitated the moving of the wagon to a new location on Everitt Place where the lot was rent free.

In July 1931, the Library moved to a storefront at 187-10 Linden Boulevard and became a full-fledged branch.

On February 5, 1947, the library received a certificate of registration from the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

The building of the present site, 191-05 Linden Boulevard was erected in 1968. This facility was designed by an African-American architect, Frank Thompson. The city owned building was dedicated on March 10th, 1969.

Special Services

Queens Library HealthLink

 

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one of two American men and one of three American women will have some type of cancer at some point during their lifetime. Queens Library HealthLink seeks to increase access to cancer screening and cancer treatment among medically underserved communities in Queens. Queens Library HealthLink is a partnership between Queens Library, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital and the American Cancer Society.